Employment: Older People

House of Lords written statement – made on 22nd May 2008.

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Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

My honourable friend the Minister of State for Pensions Reform (Mike O'Brien) has made the following Statement.

I have asked John Elbourne, former chief executive, Prudential Assurance UK Operations to examine the current arrangements for the engagement of older people and the ability of those arrangements to inform policy and actions of government at all levels. Specifically, this will include examining better government for older people's: aims, structure and relationships; past achievements, lessons learnt and best practice; lines of accountability, governance and reporting; and management arrangements, legal status and funding.

He will explore options for improvement of engagement with older people in respect of the new government performance framework and in relation to the roles of other organisations. He will then make recommendations to ensure that the findings of the review: take full account of the expectations of older people; best support the independence and well-being of people in later life; and ensure an effective and efficient process to serve these needs.